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Wednesday Update – March 27, 2019

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Education Policy Brown Bag Seminar with Dr. Huggings-Manley, James Rigney, Dr. Peyton, and Dr. Pua– Thursday, March 28, from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Norman Courtyard
The Education Policy Research Center is starting a monthly brown bag lunch every 4th Thursday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Monthly brown bags will be open to all faculty and students within the College of Education. Each seminar will include two presentations – 40 minutes full research presentation (i.e. conference presentations or job talk) and a 20 minute emerging idea discussion. This is a great opportunity for graduate students to present their research and for faculty to engage with colleagues and students outside of their discipline. Those interested in participating can view available dates and sign up via this public link or email edpolicy@coe.ufl.eduIf your schedule allows, please attend.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week Kick-Off Station – April 1 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM | Norman Hall Courtyard
Graduate Student Appreciation week is starting off at at the College of Education! All graduate students come get a FREE t-shirt! Part of appreciation week includes: free yoga class, Graduate Student Research Day, free headshots, GatorWell events, Nerd Night, and a gala ball at the Cade Museum! For more information please visit:

Graduate Student Research Day – April 2 | Reitz Union Grand Ballroom
Graduate Student Research Day (GSRD) is an event that is open to graduate students from every college on campus that provides them with the opportunity to present their research and network with graduate students and faculty from outside their discipline. Each year, a speaker is invited to give a talk on a theme selected by the members of OGAP that we believe is relevant to the personal and professional development of graduate students. This year’s keynote speaker is theme is Dr. Jeremy Waisome and the theme is: “Adaptation: Growing and developing in an ever more dynamic world”.

Teacher Tricks:  Student Engagement Skills Lab – April 2 from 5:00 – 7:00pm | Career Connections Center
This interactive skills lab will teach inspiring educators techniques on how to actively engage with K-12 student learners. The skills lab is hosted by Lee County School District, and all UF students and alumni of all majors and degree programs are welcome to attend. Space is limited—register today through Gator CareerLink.

Save the Date: Careers in Education Fair – Wednesday, April 3 | The Reitz Grand Ballroom   
Mark your calendars for the Careers in Education Fair, April 3rd from 5:00 – 7:00pm in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.

Next Steps After Graduation Seminar – April 4 from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Stavros Institute
Pinellas County is hosting a seminar on “Next Steps After Graduation”. At the seminar you will receive sample interview questions, hear first year teacher experiences, and network with the recruitment team! Pinellas County Schools are hiring new teachers -bring your laptop for assistance with applying to Pinellas County on SearchSoft. Registration closes on March 28. Please follow the link to complete the form: NEXT STEPS AFTER GRADUATION

TEDxUF Conference – April 6 from 12:00 – 5:00 PM | The Phillip’s Center
TEDxUF strives to connect the bold ideas of both the University of Florida and the greater Gainesville community. The University of Florida is rising as a current top ten public institution, producing cutting edge research and students entering the workforce at highly competitive levels. In honor of our 10th anniversary, this year’s theme is “Legacy”. This event is free and open to the public, however all attendees must register before the event at this link: Registration for our event starts on March 20th at 6pm and will be ongoing until tickets run out. We encourage everyone to do this as early as possible to ensure seating.

The Great Florida Teach-In Job Fair – April 8 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
The Great Florida Teach-In is an annual job fair organized by the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development and Retention. It provides a convenient forum that enables educator candidates seeking employment in Florida to obtain interviews with Florida school district and Florida charter school personnel responsible for hiring teachers. To register as a candidate for this event, please visit Once you have created your Teachers-Teachers account using the provided link, you will be able to register for the event through If you have questions, please contact us toll-free at 1-800-TEACH-FL (800-832-2435).

Volusia County Schools’ Instructional Job Fair – April 19
Volusia County School District located in central Florida is currently recruiting teachers for the 2019-2020 school year. To request an invitation to the April Job Fair, complete the online employment application and complete the Job Fair Survey by 12:00 pm on Friday, April 5. If you have any questions, please email:

RCSCS K-8 Charter School Hiring Fair – April 24 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
RCSCS is a K-8 Charter School in Coral Springs and we are looking for qualified teachers for the 2019-2020 school year. We are having a hiring fair on April 24th from 4-7PM at our school and would love to meet you! If you are interested, but unable to attend, please email Robyn Kaminsky, the hiring fair coordinator at:

Northeast Florida Education Career Fair – April 25 from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Thrasher-Horne Center
Do you want to impact the future? You can with a career in education! The Northeast Florida Education Career Fair is being held on Thursday, April 25 from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm at Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park, Florida. The positions available are: teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, food service workers, substitute teachers, and teacher assistants. Register online at:

College of Education Recognition Dinner -Friday, April 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Hilton UF Conference Center

Introducing: The Leadership for Professional Learning Symposium – June 17-18, 2019
The University of Cambridge and University of Florida invite you to the Leadership for Professional Learning Symposium. This symposium will convene a diverse group of educational leaders for a collaborative dialogue on the challenges facing the field.  Learn more at: .


Fall Course Announcement: EDG 4910: Education Undergraduate Research (in School Mental Health)
Dr. Joni Splett’s research focuses on the prevention and intervention of emotional and behavioral concerns for youth in schools. She is currently working on projects related to universal mental health screening, child and adolescent mental health service utilization trends in school and community settings, expanding multi-tiered systems of support to be inclusive of mental health promotion, prevention and intervention (Interconnected Systems Framework), and continued development and testing of a cognitive-behavioral, self-regulatory intervention for girls in middle school demonstrating relationally aggressive behaviors and their families called GIRLSS (Growing Interpersonal Relationships through Learning and Systemic Supports).

To participate in this research you will need to sign up for the fall 2019 course EDG 4910. Please email to receive an application. Applications are currently being accepted. Additional Course details can be found on the course flyer here:

Employment & Internship Opportunities

UF CPET Summer Counselor Positions
The University of Florida’s Center for Precollegiate Education and Training (UF CPET) has been developing and coordinating outreach programs for high-achieving high school students for 61 years. Collaborating with over 450 faculty from 75 departments across UF, our programs place high school students in high-caliber research and classroom settings to learn from faculty, scientists, and practitioners about cutting-edge research in all disciplines of science, engineering, medical fields, and the humanities. Each of our youth summer programs offer a different experience for students during their precollege academic explorations. We are hiring for a dynamic team of full-time Youth Program Counselors for summer 2019. This is a pre-professional position for upper-level undergraduate students, recent graduates, and graduate students. Formal training and professional development provided.

  • Gator Computing Program Teaching Assistant/Counselor: Full-time position from June 3- June 14th plus training. Nonresidential, approximate hours are 8:00 – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday, experience in Java, Python, or R
  • Molecular Biology/Biotechnology Lab Assistant/Counselor: Full time position from early May – July 27. Nonresidential, hours vary depending upon program week; some evening and weekend hours required. Experience in molecular biology research lab research techniques required.
  • Environmental Science Lab Assistant/Counselor: Full time position from early May – July 27. Nonresidential, hours vary depending upon program week; some evening and weekend hours required. Experience in environmental science, ecology, toxicology, or life science field and research lab techniques required.
  • Humanities and the Sunshine State Counselor: Full time position from June 3  – June 22. Nonresidential June 3 – June 14; residential Sunday, June 16 – Saturday, June 22; must be available and willing to live on-campus with program and during this time and assume responsibilities 24-hours a day. Previous camp experience or working with K-12 students preferred.
  • Summer Programs Counselor: Full time position from June 3 – July 27. Residential for three weeks: Sunday, June 16 – Friday, June 21 and Sunday, July 7 – Friday, July 19. Previous camp experience or working with K-12 students preferred.
  • Student Science Training Program Counselor: Full time position from May 20 – July 28. Residential Friday, June 8 – Sunday, July 28; housing is provided May 21 – June 7, if needed. Past participant of the UF SSTP preferred.

To apply, please visit: If you have any questions, please contact Dehlia Albrecht, Youth Programs Coordinator at

Tailsman Summer Camp Staff
Are you ready for an awesome summer? Talisman Programs offer exceptional camps for young people, ages 6 to 22, with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and other learning differences. Since 1980, our ACA-accredited autism and Aspergers summer camp programs have been delivering unique alternatives to ordinary summer camps. Our progressive adventure programs help our campers  build success while increasing social skills, a sense of personal responsibility and a more positive self-image.We are looking for staff members to help increase camper’s social skills, a sense of personal responsibility and a more positive self-image. To apply, please visit:

Ascendigo Summer Camp Business Internship
Ascendigo Interns are our version of first year camp counselors, but with a focus on supporting and advocating for our participants on the Autism Spectrum. The Business Intern will support the Camp Program Administrator and Camp Program Manager with registration paperwork, Sunday check-in, Friday check-out and program coordination. This unique program will allow volunteers to get “hands on” experience with people on the autism spectrum, while also helping with day to day logistics of running a summer camp. For more information, please visit:

Ascendigo Summer Camp Multimedia Internship
Ascendigo Interns are our version of first year camp counselors, but with a focus on supporting and advocating for our participants on the Autism Spectrum. The Multimedia Intern is responsible for the weekly video shown on Fridays at the Award Ceremony. They will need to coordinate with staff to capture footage from each sport and edit into a video. The MI will also be responsible for capturing video footage and photos for use by the curriculum and marketing departments. For more information, please visit:

University Press of Florida Internships
University Press of Florida at UF is seeking interns for the Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters in the following areas: Acquisitions, Editorial, Design and Production, Marketing, and Journals. Our internship program offers students of all majors the opportunity to gain employment experience in the business of book publishing. To apply, students should visit and complete the application form found on that page. The application deadline is Friday, April 12.

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization Internship
Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, an American nonprofit working with disadvantaged communities in Palestine, is currently recruiting international interns for a three-month summer internship! The application deadline is April 15th, 2019. This internship, based in the West Bank city of Nablus, offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain international working experience and develop professional and intercultural skills. For more information about the internship and application, please visit our Idealist page.

Service and Volunteer Opportunities

To Infinity and Beyond Summer Camp Volunteers
The Unity Family Community Center in Williston is hosting a STEM-themed summer camp,”To Infinity & Beyond Camp Blastoff! We are looking for undergraduate student volunteers to assist our tutors in teaching students about STEM. Someone with a science, technology, or education background would be preferred. The summer camp will be from June 10 – August 1 and is sponsored by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. If interested please contact Blaine Vitallo at

TEDxUF Conference Volunteers
Are you interested in joining the TEDxUF team? Volunteering is a great way to start! To sign up, please visit:

Balance 180 Summer Camp Volunteer Opportunity
Are you interested in working with children and having a fun summer camp experience? Balance 180 Gymnastics and Sports Academy, a local non-profit organization committed to integrating children with disabilities, is looking for college-aged volunteers to join our summer camp. Volunteers work 1-1 or 2-1 with participating campers (ages 3-15 years) in a wide range of activities, such as gymnastics, crafts, and games. Balance 180 Summer Camp will run from July 15 – August 2, volunteers can join in the morning from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM or in the afternoon from 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM. These times can be adjusted to the volunteer’s schedule. If interested, please email Sanja Dizdarevic at

Childcare – Tutoring

Childcare Needed
Our two year-old son is the light of our life. He is a wonderful person to be around and we need a little assistance with him due to our active lifestyles. Both parents are business owners and have demanding schedules. We want to spend as much quality time with our baby and need some help. We are looking for someone who is experienced to aid in continuing his positive growth and development. We need help during weekdays in summer and would like to start part-time before summer if you could. The schedules and pay rate/hour will be discussed in person. If you are interested please email

Spring & Summer 2019 – Study Abroad

ENY 4905: From Ancient Farms to Modern Tables
Study Abroad course for Summer A 2019 (June 8-June 23, 2019). See the following attachments, UF in Greece and ENY4905,  for further information. Questions? Please contact Roberto Pereira at

– GEB4930, 2 credits, no pre-reqs or French needed
– Immersive business visits in the wine and aerospace industries, museums, restaurants, and tours
– Application Deadline Monday, December 10, 2018
– Contact Dr. Phalin for more information:


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